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Cancer sufferer’s benefits are cut – and the chattering classes demonise HIM

May 2, 2014

Mike Sivier's blog

The vindictiveness of our Conservative-led government knows no bounds.

Not only has the government cut a man’s state benefits after he was diagnosed with cancer, but its supporters then attacked him in the local newspaper’s comment column – even though they knew nothing about his situation.

The gentleman concerned is Pete Woodcock of Scunthorpe who, according to a report in the Scunthorpe Telegraph, has been unemployed for around eight years.

Rather than sit around, he has spent his time volunteering in the community – for up to 40 hours per week – while also job hunting.

But when his doctors told him he had cancer, DWP officials cut his benefit money by 40 per cent (from £140 per week to £84). This is because attending hospital on both sides of the Humber meant he was unable to attend job clubs and had to claim a sickness benefit instead.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barry Davies permalink
    May 2, 2014 3:09 pm

    The tory parties mantra for its campaigning says it all, “for hardworking people”, which by definition excludes everyone not working

  2. John Hargrave permalink
    May 2, 2014 4:18 pm

    Sometimes I am ashamed to be British. To read of this man’s plight and then read what people are writing about him is nothing less than diabolical. This man has Cancer, he has been long time unemployed, so what? He should be entitled to his benefits and get further help to pay his expenses to and from hospital.
    The NHS is there for us all (and I hope it stays that way). Of those people who have made derogatory comments about him I can only dismiss them as being the most stupid, ignorant idiots. They would soon start shouting if they were in the same circumstances. What has this country become under this government? Uncaring for starters, they make me sick, we should all look after each other.

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